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RLSmith posted 05-02-2003 01:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for RLSmith   Send Email to RLSmith  
My new-to-me 2000 Dauntless 16' has the fishing package. A well under the center console contains three batteries. The extra two are Trojan TM27 deep-cycle, connected in series through a Blue Sea Systems 7100 50A circuit breaker to operate the bow-mount 24V trolling motor. A Guest Charge Pro 2611 is connected to the two deep-cycle batteries so charging is simply a matter of connecting an extension cord to a fitting on the side of the console.

1. I would like to remove the two fifty-pound deep-cycle batteries since I will never use them. I plan to just disconnect the leads and tie them off somewhere. Any issues?

2. I plan to connect the charger to the remaining "main" battery. I will tie off the second set of leads from the charger. Any issues?

3. The standard battery location appears to be the stern starboard floor, under the seat. What is normally on the floor of the center console?

4. Should the "main" battery remain in the center console or be moved to the stern starboard floor?

5. All three batteries are in trays with lock-down straps (I don't think three battery boxes would have fit). Is it OK to leave the single remaining battery in its tray, or should I procure a battery box? If the latter, is that a generic item available at any boat store?

6. Is there a market for used deep-cycle batteries?

Soon to lose 100lbs, thanks for your time.

Jerry Townsend posted 05-02-2003 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Russell - removing your extra batteries as you mentioned would be alright.

Be careful about using the existing charging system on your remaining battery as that charger may be for 24 volts. If that is the case, you existing battery won't like it. Frankly, you don't need a charger as your alternator on your engine will charge that battery. As such, you can also remove the charger and probably sell that with the two batteries you are removing.

I have a 17 OR and the battery is in the center console.

I suggest using a battery box - available at boat or automotive stores - as it will keep other items (clothing, first aid kits, PFDs, away from the battery acid. ------ Jerry/Idaho

jimh posted 05-03-2003 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would keep the main battery where it is now, as moving it to the stern will require some major re-wiring.

Use a voltmeter to check that there is no voltage on the abandoned battery circuits.

RLSmith posted 05-04-2003 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for RLSmith  Send Email to RLSmith     
I removed the two deep-cycle batteries this morning. I left the charger (yes, it is 12V) but did not hook it up to the main battery. It doesn't seem like I will ever use it, so I would remove it if I thought it could be sold.

I will buy a battery box next time I am in Boater's World.

I will remove the unused Attwood battery trays once I figure out the best way to fill the screw holes in the white wood-like material at the bottom of the battery well. Any suggestions?

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